When local charity Hive Community Café were let down last minute by an electrician, Hive Community founder Gabby Hurt contacted One Community Foundation for help.
Gabby said “We were in a desperate situation where funds were practically depleted and there was a real danger that we wouldn’t be able to get the community café up and running at all. I contacted Jason Taylor at One Community who connects skilled volunteers to non-profit organisations across Kirklees and he immediately put me in touch with the founder of DG Scott Electrical – Daniel Scott.”
Gabby continued “DG Scott initially offered to help for a couple of days, but as the work began, more support was needed to get things up and running – in the end DG Scott has supported us with around 90 hours of work to make the café compliant which we can’t thank them enough for. With their help, the café is fully up and running with 10 volunteers who come from a wide range of backgrounds. We now run several events – supporting multiple charities and community groups, social evenings and we are a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community. We can’t thank DG Scott and One Community enough”.
Daniel said “Jason had already contacted me to see if I would like to help with a project in the community. I’m a big believer in giving something back to the local area and was happy to offer our services when the right opportunity came along. When Jason then spoke to me about the situation at Hive Community Café, I was delighted to help. Having now revisited the Café, I am astounded at what has been achieved!”
Business and Community Connector Jason said, “It’s a real pleasure to be able to put the two organisations together and see how the support from DG Scott has made such a huge impact, not only on the initial opening of the café, but how this now continues to grow into an important part of the town and community.”
The cafe is now up and running and providing a safe space for LGBQT+ people as well as providing a volunteering programme for five young people with learning disabilities.
Local community group Serendipity Writers are also using the space and Services 2 you are hosting wellbeing drop-in sessions in the community cafe.